Marian Muziris Heritage Tour

Boat cruise

The historic port of Muziris, a famous trading port of the first century, is located about 10 km from Kodungalloor. It was the hub of various cultures and religions and legend has it that India’s first church was established here by St. Thomas the apostle. The port was inundated probably by a huge tsunami that altered the geography of Muziris, around the middle of the 14th century. Muziris was then successively ruled by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. This program is conducted by Kudumbasree, a women’s self help group known for promoting gender equity and communal harmony.

08:30 am

Depart from Cochin and a 1 hr 30 min drive to the Synagogue.

09.45am

Arrive at the Jewish synagogue at Chendamangalam, one of the biggest in Kerala and built 175 years ago. This is a protected monument, restored by the Archaeology Department of Kerala. (01 hr) Closed on Monday.

10.45am

Five minute walk to a pier where you board a motorboat and then cruise through the backwaters of Periyar River. This cruise meanders through islets and you can observe traditional inland fishing communities at work. Enjoy this small voyage through the bygone history of Muziris. (1 hr 30 min)

12.15pm

Traditional welcome to a Tharavadu at Muziris with jasmine garlands, sandalwood chutti and tender coconuts. Interact with the local community and enjoy a traditional Kerala lunch, Sadya, on banana leaves. Interact with members of a Kudumbasree group, a self help group of unemployed women and observe their craft.

These women are part of the responsible tourism initiatives by the government and play a major role in building communal harmony. Also enjoy a short walk in the spice and fruit garden courtyard. (1 hr 30 min)

01:45 pm

A walk through the village, sprawled along the banks of the Periyar River and interact with local communities. (30 min).

02:15 pm

15 min drive to the handloom weaving factory run by a society, the chief livelihood of local women working there. Hand woven clothes are exhibited in the showroom.(30 min) Closed on Sunday

03:00 pm

Departure to the onward journey.

Notes:

Duration of the tour: Approximately 7 to 8 hrs
Number of persons: 2 to 9 persons
Tour classification: Moderate activity/Wheel chair access
Camera / Video: Charges as applicable at Synagogue
Dress code: Cotton wear with long pants
Tipping: Take the guide’s advice
Climate: Warm and humid in daytime and pleasant at night



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